Programs and Events

Programs are generally held the fourth Tuesday of the month January through May and September through November at the Community Room at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City. Doors open at 6:15 PM and a brief business meeting begins at 6:45 PM. The featured program begins about 7:00PM.

In June we have our annual picnic and tailgate sale, in July and August we are busy with the Nevada County Fair, and in December we hold an annual holiday pot luck gathering.

Upcoming FFG Programs

Presentation for Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Keith Smith will discuss The World of Batik

What is batik? Keith Smith is a fiber artist and batik expert from Auburn, California, who will give a brief history of batik and discuss tools, materials and techniques for its creation. In modern times, batik art and textiles are still being produced in many parts of the world: Asia, Africa, Europe, and America. Keith will talk about how he uses the traditional techniques and tools of Indonesian Batik to create contemporary and abstract effects, and show examples of his own work as well as that of other local artists. He will also share examples of batik from Bali and Java.
Says Keith, “The cauldron of wax reminds me of the foul smelling concoctions I used to cook up in my past life as an organic chemist. Since then I have avidly collected tjaps, had some custom made in Indonesia, and have gradually improved my skills in the use of wax, tjaps and dye to create bold, colorful designs.”’
             

Presentation for Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Nevada City resident Eno Jonah will discuss Heritage and Symbolism in Nigerian Textiles

Nzuri Textiles founder and textile designer Eno Jonah has a life long love for carefully made textiles. Her passion is hand- made and original – including both vintage and modern. She finds inspiration from many sources. She believes that each piece should tell a story. A beautiful textile uses the finest materials and craftsmanship. The designs should be unique, original, timeless and versatile. These are the standards behind Nzuri’s textiles for home decor and accessories.

Eno grew up in Nigeria, a country rich in diverse cultures and skilled artisans. Nigerian textile traditions date back hundreds of years. These beautiful textiles are still painstakingly hand crafted by master weavers using traditional looms and time- honored techniques. These define the highest quality of African textiles.

Eno has studied many of the fine textiles that are produced throughout Sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere. She lived in Uganda for many years and has traveled extensively in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe. This gave her the opportunity to learn first hand about the beauty and cultural importance of textiles in other parts of the world. It also led to her establishing relationships with incredible weavers and to source some of the finest workshops in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Eno has a degree in culture and development from Indiana University. She resides in Nevada City in the Sierra foothills of Northern California.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming FFG Events

40th Anniversary Events

Stay Tuned! There will be a Guild Challenge and more events this year.

Annual Guild Picnic and Tail Gate Sale: June 23, 2020

Details coming soon

Local Fiber Events

Fiber Arts Get Together – usually the first Sunday of the Month at Curious Forge

See their calendar for details. Beginners through experienced fiber arts makers and crafters are welcome. Bring your spindle, wheel, loom, knitting, crochet, carding, or any other fiber craft you enjoy.

April 3-5, 2020 CNCH

Finding the Artist Within at Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport. More information here

Recent Events

December 2019 Holiday Party

 

2019 KVMR Celtic Festival and the FFG Sheep to Shawl

FFG at Farm Day 2019

 

 

 

2019 County Fair

See a list of First Place and Best of Division Winners

Congratulations Betsy Abrams – Winner of the 2019 People’s Choice Award! 

 

June 2019 Annual Picnic and Tailgate Sale

Recent Programs

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 –Ingrid Knox discussed her Adventures in Weaving

Ingrid Knox, Guild Member and Membership Chair, spoke of her experiences as a weaver including some of the more unusual projects she’s undertaken.   She described her approach to designing and weaving towels and how she brings color into her weaving.

Ingrid has been weaving for over thirty years.  She enjoys weaving useful items from natural fibers that don’t require any sewing when finished.

October 22, 2019 – Plants, Color, Place: Using Local Natural Dyes, Helen Krayenhoff

 

Guild Members can visit the Archives for older newsletters to see past programs